The Reluctant Killer

July 25, 2014 in Action & Adventure, Books, Fiction, Gay Novels, Military Fiction, Suspense Thriller

A reluctant heroes storyReluctant Heroes & HIV Stories

The reluctant killer is a story of survival, of someone battling the worst kind of personal illness and, just when he finally thinks he is getting his life back, is caught up in a horrific event, totally beyond his control. Visiting his favourite city, New York, he finds himself captured by terrorists and part of a hostage situation. Kidnapped and at the mercy of  killers with no regard for human life.

New York is no stranger to terrorism and the events of 9/11 are ingrained into the memory of not just every New Yorker, but also the world’s population who watched in horror as the events unfolded on the TV and the Internet.

Killers are at large on the streets of New York once  more. The counter-terrorism system quickly swings into action and the terrorists are backed into a corner. But they have an ace up their sleeve, hostages and plenty of them. Things may not have gone exactly to plan, but they are determined to have their comrades, held in the Bagram Detention Centre in Afghanistan, set free. No matter what the cost.

Buy The Reluctant KillerThe situation is bad enough for anyone, but for Mark Thorpe, now held against his will and  with no access to his life saving medication, he then finds himself subjected to brutal treatment that leaves him battered and, even worse, bleeding. The hostages with him have no idea that he is HIV positive and try to help him.  He cannot explain why but he has to recoil against their kindness. Even though, in this situation, he understands that the hostages should all be sticking together and helping each other out. Unfortunately not all the hostages take that view, there are those that believe only in the survival of the fittest and are even prepared to sacrifice others to look after themselves. Some of the worst traits of the human race start to emerge and not just from the terrorists.

Mark Thorpe feels a steely resolve come over him, he is not prepared to let these people kill him or any of the other innocent hostages, no matter how badly they behave. He doesn’t know what he going to do, but he knows he is not just going to roll over and let the terrorists end his life. He had battled against HIV and now he was ready to do battle with the terrorists.

He was about to become one of those reluctant heroes with a killer instinct, the sort that do what they have to do and then go back to as normal a life as possible. Unfortunately for Mark, events were going to occur that would prevent him ever doing that.

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To find out more about the author you can visit his author page via his link here Robert Durrant

 

The Whistleblower Affair

July 15, 2014 in Books, Fiction, Suspense Thriller

Whistleblower

Corporate Greed in the World of Banking

Once upon a time . . . bankers were respected. Not loved, perhaps, but trusted and consulted when times got rough or money was needed for a special investment.

But as scandal mounted upon scandal in recent years, this respect has evaporated. The reputation of our major banks has sunk to unprecedented lows, and there’s worse to come. Some of the banks are still engaging in disgraceful behaviour and are in denial about past misconduct.

In Jonathan Veale’s latest novel, this fascinating world is scrutinised, and blame laid where it belongs: at boardroom level where decisions are made that determine who does what in their organisations.

Of course mistakes can be made by any institution, and sometimes it is hard to pin down responsibility. But in this case, misconduct has been discovered on such a broad scale that the only conclusion one can come to is that the directors were either asleep on their watch, or complicit in creating and encouraging outrageous practices that plundered their clients’ accounts.

Buy ButtonThe Whistleblower Affair tackles boardroom behaviour head on, and describes the greed and ignorance that has been responsible for bringing many banks to the point of doom. Some would even describe it as corporate crime at the highest level.

Of course, there are some who opposed bad behaviour and as the story develops, their hand is strengthened as, one after the other, those responsible for nodding through poor practice are dealt with.

In this novel there is drama, humour, retribution and facts . . . astounding facts that reveal just how widespread and criminal some of the scandals were. And women play a large part in pointing out to the men that their attitudes and outlook are dated. Times have moved on and finance is too important to be left in the hands of a cosy coterie of clubbable gentlemen who, over cigars and champagne, decide what’s best for the great unwashed. The days of the bank manager and his temple-like branch around every corner are nearly over. The internet and electronic banking are about to transform how we all approach money matters, and dozy bankers unprepared for rapid change are going to find the going ever tougher. Change or die will soon be the clarion call. But will the present directors change their approach in time? It’s by no means clear they will.

A great read, with revelations spiced with the inside view of an out of touch profession.

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The Wake Crasher

November 4, 2013 in Books, Fiction, General, Humour, Romantic Novels

The Wake CrasherThe Wake Crasher is a new book and debut novel from new Indie author Robert Durrant.

It is a book that examines moral principals and can divide opinion on whether you think the principle characters are just having some harmless fun or are a little bit sick and misguided. A dark humoured romantic comedy that describes the consequences of being a ‘Wake Crasher’.

The Wake CrasherInitially the perpetrators embark on what they see as a harmless way of getting a few free drinks and a bite to eat at a time when they are struggling to pay the bills in a world that is in financial meltdown.

It is not too long however before they come to realise that there is no such thing as a free ride and that every action they take comes at a price, especially when they dabble in the dark side of life!

New relationships are formed and the principle characters get a little more than they expected from their endeavors. Trouble is the starting point for any new relationship is from a position of deceit and dishonesty and how can that work in a modern world where everyone knows everyone and life is little like living in a goldfish bowl?

A book that will appeal to young adults and teenagers but also for those that like to cringe a little!

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To find out more about the author you can visit his author page via his link here Robert Durrant

Jersey’s Secret Assassin

April 19, 2013 in Action & Adventure, Books, crime, Espionage, Fiction, Military Fiction

Jersey’s Secret Assassin – an Action, Adventure & Suspense Novel by Eddie Kirkup

A story that starts in Jersey in the Channel Islands and is concluded in Cyprus, another island, but this time in the Mediterranean, a little nearer the maelstrom that is the Middle East. One connection between them is that two brothers each live on one of the islands. The story begins when Richard, living in Jersey, seems to have been the victim of a tragic domestic accident that results in his death. Frank, his brother, knows differently, not only had he been speaking to him shortly before he died but he also knew there was no way his brother would have died under the circumstances described. He may have been two thousand miles away but he knew his brother had been murdered. What he didn’t know: who was the secret assassin that killed him?

Secret Assassin

The Secret AssassinFrank does what only a brother must do, he travels to Jersey to find out for himself the truth of what has happened to his kid brother. One thing for sure is that whoever did this is going to be sorry. Richard may have been a reporter and used to getting his nose where it wasn’t wanted, but Frank was a different character entirely, he had no fear of physical conflict and was very capable of taking care of himself.  Something he was able to demonstrate very soon after his arrival in Jersey; much more effectively than the so called hard-cases of the criminal fraternity expected.

It doesn’t take long for Frank to make a few friends and a lot of enemies. He also realises that there are sinister undertones around his brother’ death and a connection with another, seemingly unrelated, death. He also discovers police corruption at the highest level, criminal activities and a secret plan to disrupt world peace. Problem is, who can he trust, who are the good guys and who are the assassins, criminals and murderers.

The Secret AssassinUnfortunately he finds out who some of the good guys are when they meet their demise trying to help him out. He manages to get out of Jersey before the same can be done to him and takes his story to Interpol. He gets short shrift from the CIA when he offers to help them find the killers. They make it clear that they place him as a rank amateur and advise him in the strongest terms that he should return to Cyprus and keep a low profile, while they and Interpol  deal with what are becoming serious criminal and political threats.

Trouble is Frank doesn’t know the meaning of ‘low profile’, especially when there are still assassins and criminals running around, one of which secretly murdered his brother.

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Tuscan Cats get into Mischief

February 18, 2013 in Books, Childrens Illustrated Books, Fiction, Pets and Animals

Italian Cats Making MischiefThe Naughty Italian Cats Go on Holiday

This is the second in the series of popular childrens books by Laura Graham describing the adventures of the dancing, talking cats from Tuscany. The cats take charge as they spend a mischievous holiday in the sun at the country residence of their English mama and Italian babbo (Italian for father). But now there is a new usurper on the scene in the form of Spiritino, a tom cat from the local farm and a very attractive ‘Tom’ as far as Julie is concerned.

Talking Cats From TuscanySpiritino is no stranger to naughty behaviour himself and he sets himself the task of getting to know Rosetta and Julie a little better. Romantic cats, it could only happen in Italy, like a bit of adventure and before you know it all three cats are getting into all sorts of trouble, there is definitely a scent of amore in the air. But which of the girls gets the guy?

Julie is besotted with Spiritino, but Rosetta is not at all seduced by a common farm cat. Still Spiritino is not put off, he gets to know Julie and Rosetta a little better then introduces the ladies to a little wine and teaches them how to celebrate in a country style. So will a little merry making and a few well placed compliments change a girls mind, can Spiritino turn the girl’s heads and convince them that a life in the country may be just what they are looking for.

It goes without saying that these tales of cats misbehaving and the  games they play will have an appeal to all cat lovers. So can you resist the urge to find out what the outcome is? The cats in the eyes of their adoring owners can do no wrong, so how do they deal with the amorous advances of Spiritino? You will need to read the book to find out and I am willing to bet that even if you buy the book for one of your children, you will be the one that finds it very hard to put down!

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Eagerly awaited by me and my 8 year old granddaughter is Laura Graham’s further adventures of the marvelous speaking Tuscan cats! Now Spiritino enters the story and romance comes with him. Rosalbo’s charming illustrations enhance the characters of the cats, although they appear almost human with such clever linguistic skills too. Laura takes one into a magical world – but beware – once you start reading this glorious book you’ll find it impossible to put down!  – reference Francesca from amazon.co.uk

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Tuscan Cats Get Into Mischief (The Dancing, Talking Cats)Tuscan Cats Get Into Mischief by Laura Graham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A slightly more adult theme to this second in the series. Still a lovely book for children but with the introduction of Spiritino, the drinking of wine and amorous intentions, the appeal to adult lovers of cats definitely goes up a notch or two.

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